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Contemporary Polish Short Animation, photo: promotional materials

The 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) featured a programme of contemporary short animations from Poland. The event provided the Chinese cinema lovers with a great opportunity to see not only the classics of Polish animated film, but also works of the younger generation of Polish animators.

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Poland boasts an impressive array of well-respected and accomplished animators. Many of them inspired the Brothers Quay. Polish animators of recent years combine cutting-edge technologies with traditional practices. Tomasz Bagiński is the face of contemporary Polish animation. But many Polish animators paved the way before him.

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Still from Jan Lenica's "Labyrinth", photo: Studio Miniatur Filmowych

Animators are many things. They're poets of imagery and comedians, puppet and stop motion masters, illustrators and experts of 3D technology. Poland boasts an impressive array of well-respected and accomplished animators. Here is a (short) guide to Polish animation.

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Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida won at the 5th edition of the Al Este de Lima Festival. This is another in a long line of international awards for the Polish blockbuster.

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Between 5-20 April 2014, the 33rd Istanbul International Film Festival presents 200 films form around the world. A unique anthology of Experimental Polish Animation in three parts, as well as a panel discussion on Polish Animation with Mariusz Wilczyński and Adriana Prodeus are among the highlights of this year's Festival.

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Tomasz Bagiński, Warsaw, June 17 2009, photo: Piotr Wygoda/East News

Director of animated films and author of digital special effects for films and computer games, also a draughtsman and painter.

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